Introduction to Public Health Preparedness
Length: 40 minutes
This training module provides a basic overview of public health preparedness.
|This training was developed with the support of the UNC Preparedness and Emergency Response Learning Center (UNC PERLC), a funded project of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC Cooperative Agreement 1U90TP000415). The UNC PERLC gratefully acknowledges the contributions of the West Virginia Center for Threat Preparedness and the North Carolina Public Health Preparedness and Response Branch in shaping the content and framework for this training.|
These learning modules are applicable to all public health, medical, veterinary, pharmacy, emergency management, hospital and other professionals interested in public health preparedness. These modules are created by faculty and guest lecturers at the UNC Gillings School of Global Public Health.
- Describe the 3 core functions of public health
- List the 10 essential public health services
- Define public health preparedness
- Describe the role of public health and the health care system in broader community preparedness and emergency management
- Describe the role of public health preparedness in the public health structure
- Describe the basic structure of public health preparedness
Competencies and Capability Functions Addressed
This training addresses selected applied epidemiology, core public health, and public health preparedness and response competencies and public health preparedness capability functions as noted below. (Please note: The following training does not provide comprehensive or in-depth treatment of specified competencies or capability functions, it provides basic knowledge of the competencies or capability functions listed below.)
This training is not currently listed as addressing any competencies.
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Association of Schools of Public Health. Public health preparedness and response core competency model, final version 1.0. December 2010. http://www.asph.org/document.cfm?page=1081. Accessed August 25, 2011.
Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. Public health preparedness capabilities: national standards for state and local planning. March 2011. http://www.cdc.gov/phpr/capabilities/. Accessed August 25, 2011.
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CDC National Public Health Performance Standards Program. 10 Essential Public Health Services. http://www.cdc.gov/nphpsp/essentialServices.html Updated December 9, 2010. Accessed March 10, 2011.
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UNC CPHP Reviewer:
Kasey Decosimo, MPH
Subject Matter Expert Reviewers:
Susan Sullivan, RN-BC, MS, Public Health Nurse Consultant, Training/Exercise Facilitator, Public Health Preparedness and Response Branch Central Regional Office, North Carolina Division of Public Health
Additional Expertise Provided by:
Jerry Rhodes, Director, Center for Threat Preparedness, WV Bureau for Public Health
The author(s) and reviewer(s) of this training have no personal financial relationships with commercial interests relevant to this presentation to disclose.
Continuing Education Credit:
The UNC Center for Public Health Preparedness offers the following continuing education credit/s on this training. Eligibility for all continuing education credit is determined on an annual basis.
- Continuing Nursing Education Credit
Continuing education credit is provided through the Public Health Nursing and Professional Development (PHNPD) Unit in the NC Department of Health and Human Services.
PHNPD is an approved provider of continuing nursing education by the North Carolina Nurses Association, an accredited approver by the American Nurses Credentialing Center's Commission on Accreditation.
Reviewer: Hazel Moore, MSN
Continuing Education Specialist
North Carolina Institute for Public Health
Contact Hours: 1 based on instructional time spent on training and evaluation activities.
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